Okla. Supreme Court Rules State-Funded Religious Charter School Is Unconstitutional | EUROtoday

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma board’s approval of what could be the nation’s first publicly funded non secular college is unconstitutional and have to be rescinded, the state Supreme Court dominated on Tuesday.

The excessive courtroom decided the Statewide Virtual Charter School Board’s 3-2 vote final 12 months to approve the applying by the Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma for the St. Isidore of Seville Virtual Charter School violates each the Oklahoma and U.S. constitutions, in addition to state legislation.

“Under Oklahoma law, a charter school is a public school,” the courtroom wrote. “As such, a charter school must be nonsectarian.

“However, St. Isidore will evangelize the Catholic school curriculum while sponsored by the state.”

The on-line public constitution college would have been open to college students throughout the state in kindergarten by way of grade 12, and a part of its mission would have been to evangelize its college students within the Catholic religion.

The case is being intently watched as a result of supporters of the college consider current U.S. Supreme Court selections have indicated the courtroom is extra open to public funds going to non secular entities.

Oklahoma’s Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt and State Superintendent Ryan Walters supported the board’s approval of the college.